Deborah Gerner Grant For Professional Development

The Deborah “Misty” Gerner Grant for Professional Development (“Gerner Award”) is awarded by the Women’s Caucus for International Studies (WCIS) and sponsored by Lynne Rienner Publishers. Deborah Gerner (1956-2006) was a much-loved and inspirational scholar who worked extensively on contributing to conflict resolution and peace in the Middle East. She was also a great advocate for women scholars in the international relations discipline.

The $2,000 grant is intended to support activities during the early stages of an academic career (primarily at the assistant professor level, though requests from individuals at the late stages of dissertation research also will be considered). The kinds of activities appropriate for grant funding include, but are not restricted to, travel to a professional conference or workshop; conducting field research; and the purchase of books, software, databases, etc., needed for research.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

While there are no restrictions on the subject of a candidate’s research or teaching area, preference will be given to applicants whose proposals reflect Misty Gerner’s concerns with conflict resolution, achieving peace in the Middle East, and/or the role of women in international relations.

  1. Documentation: The candidate should document (a) the need for the professional development activity to be supported by the grant, (b) how the funds would be spent, (c) the appropriateness of the proposed venue/purchase, and (d) the feasibility of the proposed project/activity within the specified time frame.
  2. Stage of Academic Career: As noted above, the applicant should be in the early stages of her/his academic career (primarily at the assistant professor level, though requests from individuals at the late stages of dissertation research also will be considered).
  3. ISA Membership: Although this opportunity is open to both members and nonmembers of ISA, any nonmember recipient must immediately join the Association to receive the grant in order to maintain ISA’s tax-exempt status.
  4. Final Report: Within one-year of being awarded the grant, the recipient is expected to submit a final report to the WCIS Chair describing the activities accomplished with the funds.


  • One recipient of the Gerner Award will receive a prize of $2000.
  • A plaque is presented at the WCIS/FTGS/LGBTQA reception at the ISA annual convention. 

Selection Process

  • The WCIS Executive Committee will rank applications/candidates with the final selection made by Lynne Rienner.

Apply for the Grant

  • PPlease submit the following in PDF format by email to the WCIS Gerner Award Chair, Kristina Hinds,  with a complete Curriculum Vitae; a brief narrative describing proposed project/activity (one-page); and a budget (one-page).
  • Nominations/applications deadline: October 1, 2020.


Congratulations to the 2020 Deborah Gerner Award winner, Mariam F. Alkazemi, from Virginaia Commonwealth University!

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Kristina Hinds | Chair
February 2020 - March 2021
University of the West Indies

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